A fruit for all seasons

I have been fortunate over the past few days to have been given a couple of opportunities to take my business forward this year.   One of them isn’t until April and the other will have a mutually agreed start date.  As they say, you only have one chance to make the right impression so I have the next few months to ensure that I have everything in order so that I make the right impression when I present my bakes.

As you will know from my most recent posts, I am partial to the crumble slice.  So much so that I want to include these in the bakes I offer.  I am very keen to use what is in season in the UK, so I spent some time yesterday looking up what fruit is in season at different times of the year.  Depending on what site you look at you get a slightly different list.  After a bit of digging and thinking about what I already know about seasonality, I settled on a list from the Vegetarian Society:

Seasonal UK grown produce

  • January: Apples, Pears
  • February: Apples, Pears
  • March: Rhubarb
  • April: Rhubarb
  • May: Rhubarb, Strawberries
  • June: Blackcurrants, Cherries, Gooseberries, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Tayberries
  • July: Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Cherries, Gooseberries, Greengages, Loganberries, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Rhubarb, Strawberries
  • August: Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Cherries, Damsons, Greengages, Loganberries, Plums, Raspberries, Redcurrants, Rhubarb, Strawberries
  • September: Blackberries, Damsons, Pears, Plums, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Strawberries
  • October: Apples, Blackberries, Elderberries, Pears
  • November: Apples, Cranberries, Elderberries, Pears
  • December: Apples, Cranberries, Pears

(Source:  Vegetarian Society)

With seasonality in mind, I have come up with a short-list of possible crumble slices:

  • Apple crumble slice
  • Lemon crumble slice
  • Pear and ginger crumble slice
  • Plum and almond crumble slice
  • Raspberry crumble slice
  • Rhubarb crumble slice

Over the next few months (as the different fruits come into season) I will be giving these recipes a go.

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